[[folder:Sohoku High School]]
!!'''The Sohoku Team'''
* AllThereInTheManual: Interviews with the mangaka have provided a lot of extra trivia about them. You can find a collection [[http://great-blaster.tumblr.com/post/86880452600/yowapeda-spoilers-spoilers-if-you-only-follow here.]]
* FiveManBand: Year One Interhigh
** TheLeader: Kinjou
** TheLancer: Imaizumi
** TheBigGuy: Tadokoro
** TheSmartGuy: Makishima
** TheChick: Naruko, he even plays the tambourine!; Onoda also fits, but he's more of the SixthRanger
** SixthRanger: Onoda fits this as well as TheChick
* Year Two Interhigh
** TheLeader: Teshima, in the sense he's TheCaptain, but Imaizumi is the real one, as he's taken over Kinjou's position as the ace essentially [[spoiler: however, Tadokoro speculates that Naruko is the true ace and Imaizumi is the lancer.]]
** TheLancer: Naruko, as he is the ace's assistant [[spoiler: however, it is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Tadokoro that Naruko is the true ace and Imaizumi is the lancer.]]
** TheBigGuy: Aoyagi
** TheSmartGuy: Teshima
** TheChick: Onoda
** SixthRanger: Kaburagi
* HuddlePower: On bicycles!
%% ** HuddleShot
%% * [[TeamHandStack Team Fist Bump]]

!!'''Sakamichi Onoda'''
-->Played by: Creator/DaikiYamashita (anime), Ryouta Murai (stage play)

Our main character who specializes in climbing. Onoda's claim to fame is his high cadence climb, honed by his years of riding his low-gear mommy bike.
* AccidentalAthlete: Has said he's never gotten higher than a D in Physical Education, but shows natural prowess at cycling and improves and learns fast.
%% * {{Adorkable}}
* AllLovingHero: Looks for the good in everyone, even his opponents.
%% * ApologisesALot
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Onoda's "mommy bike" forced him to bike at a higher cadence, which really helps climbing slopes on a bike.
* {{Determinator}}: Routinely rides 90km going to and from Akihabara, in order to save on train fare.
** He also manages to [[spoiler: beat Imaizumi in the climbing stage from last place]] during the Sohoku welcome race due to this.
** Onoda AGAIN manages to [[spoiler: catch up to Sohoku at the front of the pack after crashing and reaching last place]] on the first day of Interhigh. [[spoiler: He has to pass over 100 riders to do this.]]
*** He THEN [[spoiler: does the same thing again for Tadokoro, who has fallen to the back of the pack]] at the start of the second day of Interhigh. [[spoiler: Onoda drops back and pulls him along back to the rest of Sohoku.]]
* DeterminedExpression: His default expression while cycling other than smiling.
* [[HandshakeSubstitute Fist Bump]]: Does this with Naruko often, almost to the point it's customary they do it before races, they describe it as offering each other spirit.
* FriendlessBackground: Suffers from this while in middle school. It's the main reason why he's [[IJustWantToHaveFriends trying so hard to revive the anime club]] at the start of the series.
* GenkiGuy: Is adorably upbeat when he focuses on something he likes. While this part of him can easily be overlooked at the start of the series, due to him tending to be [[ShrinkingViolet very withdrawn]], as time passes and [[CharacterDevelopment he becomes more confident]] it becomes one of his most defining character traits.
* TheHeart: Onoda is the glue that keeps this team together and in good spirits. Let us count the ways:
** Imaizumi manages to recover from his [[spoiler: HeroicBSOD by remembering Onoda's determination]] on the second day of Interhigh.
** Brings Tadokoro from [[spoiler: the back to the front of the pack using the power of optimism and anime openings]] on the second day of Interhigh.
** Onoda's climbing skill gives Makishima hope to [[spoiler: have a final match with Toudou - something he couldn't do if there wasn't another climber on the team]].
** Let's just say that if Onoda ever dropped out of the Interhigh race, things wouldn't go well for Sohoku. And in fact, [[spoiler: they actively support him when Onoda [[IWillOnlySlowYouDown feels like he can't go on and finish the race]]]] on the 2nd day.
** On the third day of Inter-High, [[spoiler: when Kinjou's knee gives out right before the final stretch, Onoda's the one who snaps Kinjou out of his depression and reminds him that Sohoku's dream can still be fulfilled.]]
* HesBack: Goes through this after both his [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSODs]] listed below. The one during the freshman race is both heartwarming and hilarious, as, rejuvenated, he pedals dramatically off into the distance...leaving behind all the supplies that the seniors gave to him. Cue the rest of the club's collective FaceFault.
* HeroicBSOD:
** Has one at the start of the Freshman Race, complete with BrokenTears, after he realizes he mommy bike simply can't keep up with the others' road racers. While this may seem a bit pathetic at first glance, keep in mind that if he doesn't catch up he'll wind up in last place, which means he won't be able to join the cycle club, which means that he'll very possibly lose the first two friends [[FriendlessBackground that he's ever made.]] With that much riding on the race, it's a little wonder that he's so torn up about being unable to compete.
** He gets another one during training camp, after he gets it into his head that [[spoiler:he only likes climbing slopes because it's easy for him]].
** Has a minor one when he [[spoiler: crashes during Interhigh and falls to last place.]]
* IGaveMyWord: Is incredibly determined to fulfill his orders during Interhigh, [[spoiler: going to [[UpToEleven such crazy lengths]] as riding in a gutter to pass 100 riders or dropping to the back of the pack to get Tadokoro]].
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: His burning desire to have friends is the motivation behind most of his actions at the beginning of the series.
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Onoda tends to get very impressed by other cyclists, even the ones of his age.
** The most prominent example is Makishima. Unlike Imaizumi and Naruko, who see respectively Kinjou and Tadokoro as friendly rivals who they want to surpass, Onoda just looks up to Makishima and thinks everything he does is cool.
*** This comes prepackaged with lots of sparkles and a LuminescentBlush or twelve, so much so in fact that it doesn't only make socially awkward Makishima extremely uncomfortable but thoroughly confuses the rest of the team.
** Although not the point of [[{{Squee}} squee]], he's also visibly amazed by [[spoiler: Arakita]] after a very badass moment of the latter. It comes to the point that Onoda seems to want to go after him, even though he's an ''opponent'', after he gets left behind.
* TheLoad: Sometimes sees himself as this to the cycling club, especially when he compares his skill level to the likes of Imaizumi and Naruko. This self doubt is especially noticeable after [[spoiler:the freshmen qualify for the interhigh]], though it's quickly put to rest by the rest of the team's encouragement.
* MeaningfulName: His first name literally means "slope".
* MiracleRally: Pretty much the only way he wins.
* MoralityPet:
** Onoda can be seen as this for Imaizumi.
** For Makishima as well. When Tadokoro gets left behind on the second day of the inter-high, Makishima makes the decision to go on without him. Onoda asks Makishima to let him stay behind and help Tadokoro catch up, which he reluctantly agrees to once he sees Onoda's PuppyDogEyes.
* NaiveNewcomer: The world of competitive cycling is completely foreign to him. This is actually played for drama during the summer training camp, when he [[spoiler:fails to realize that the seniors have modified his bike]], and almost suffers from a [[HeroicBSOD major existential crisis]] after his performance drops.
%% * NerdGlasses
* NiceGuy: Essentially a nice boy who is friendly even to opponents and outright hostile riders. He goes as far as respecting the likes of Midousuji.
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: His personal philosophy after Kinjou tells him to keep Sohoku together during Interhighs. Goes out of his way to fulfill this. See {{Determinator}} above. [[spoiler: During the third day of Interhigh, he and Imaizumi hava to leave Naruko behind after he wears out all of his stamina and collapses.]]
* {{Otaku}}: At the start of the series, he's your stereotypical anime otaku.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Converts everyone to "Onoda-ism" very quickly. He does this to Imaizumi during their back gate race, Naruko during their meeting in Akihabara, and the seniors and coaches during the Freshman race.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: Doesn't excel in social situations, but is an incredibly [[{{Determinator}} determined]] [[BadassAdorable badass]] on the road.
* TearsOfJoy: After catching up to Imaizumi and Naruko in the freshman race.
* UnskilledButStrong: Onoda in a nutshell. Yes, he has an amazing cycling technique, but because of his lack of training he falls woefully short in both the stamina and overall fitness categories compared to the other club members. Since bicycle racing is mainly an endurance sport, this costs him more than a few races at the beginning of the series.
* TheWatson: Onoda often asks Makishima and others about cycling and cycling strategy to help readers/viewers understand the sport.
* WingdingEyes: His eyes briefly turn into spirals in episode 7.
* WorthyOpponent: To Imaizumi, who comes to respect the effort Onoda puts into growing in cycling, and Manami, who recognized his potential and wished to race against him from the beginning.

!!'''Shunsuke Imaizumi'''
-->Played by: Creator/KosukeToriumi (anime), Motohiro Oda (stage play)

A first-year and experienced cyclist who first notices Onoda's talent for climbing. He's an all-round cyclist whose main motivation is to defeat Midousuji in a race.

* AnimalMotif: WordOfGod states that Imaizumi is like a rabbit. He does have a lot of rabbit shirts.
* {{Bishonen}}: Considered to be this in-universe by many girls at his school.
* ButtMonkey: In the omakes, both in the physical and nonphysical sense.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Miki.
* ConvertedFanboy: Imaizumi becomes a serious fan of [[ShowWithinAShow Love Hime]] thanks to Onoda. [[spoiler: He even goes with Onoda to the Love Hime movie and gets just as in to it as Onoda does.]]
** [[spoiler: He even attended a Love Hime CONVENTION with Onoda, though he was somewhat confused by the whole thing.]]
* DefrostingIceQueen: A non-romantic version. Opens up after befriending Onoda.
* DontThinkFeel: Imaizumi, who in his previous races tries to act logically based on his biometrics, decides to ignore his heart rate and cadence monitor and go all-out during his race with Onoda.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Starts having one when he's unable to catch up to Midousuji]] on the last stretch of the first day of the Interhigh, and then on the second day he has a full blown one when [[spoiler: Kyoto Fushimi passes him and Kinjou while Midousuji declares that he never even saw Sohoku as competition.]]
* InformedAttractiveness: Possesses a group of fangirls, and his looks are frequently commented on.
* InnerMonologue: Most of his compliments for Onoda are not spoken.
* [[spoiler: IWillOnlySlowYouDown: Says this to Kinjou]] during the 2nd day [[spoiler: during one of his [[HeroicBSOD Heroic BSODs]]]].
* JackOfAllStats: As he is an All-Rounder.
* JerkJock: Subverted. He is aloof and does have a "not here to make friends or play games" attitude in the beginning, as he's completely focused on cycling. That said, he's much nicer than his introduction makes him seem.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Often acts cold and uninterested, but he does genuinely care for people who get hurt - he helps Onoda when he crashes, and an old man when he trips. He also compliments Onoda on his skill and encourages him to better himself and become part of the cycling club.
* [[LonelyAtTheTop Lonely At The Front]]: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], as Imaizumi's goal to be in first place is ''because'' it's quiet at the front of the pack.
* LonelyRichKid: As a child.
* OddFriendship:
** It may seem odd that the reserved and aloof Imaizumi and hyper and overtly-friendly Miki are friends, but they've known each other since elementary school. Despite clearly being annoyed by Miki's teasing, he is still close to her.
** Imiazumi's odd friendship with Onoda could technically be considered the catalyst of the series.
* SayMyName: Episode 20 of Grande Road, he lets out a loud [[spoiler: Naruko.]]
%% * SecondPlaceIsForLosers
* SexyManInstantHarem: This trope is in very much in effect for him, and it's completely PlayedForLaughs.
--> '''Onoda''': [[LampshadeHanging There's actually something that's been bothering me...]]
--> *Cut to fangirls*
--> '''Imaizumi''': [[UnwantedHarem I...I don't know why this is happening either.]]
* SweetTooth: Though it hasn't been mentioned in series, WordOfGod states that he loves sweet tamagoyaki that’s loaded with sugar.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: One of the [[{{Bishonen}} prettiest looking]] among the main cast and is a good head taller than the rest of the cycle club freshmen. He also overlaps into TallDarkAndSnarky territory too, especially in his interactions with [[TheRival Naruko.]]
* TheUnsmile: Teshima tells him he needs to smile while praising Sadatoki for succesfully emulating Onoda's climbing style. The result is… confusing.
--> '''Sadatoki''': Nii-chan, was he praising me or angry just now?
--> '''Sugimoto''': Even I don't know!
* UnwantedHarem: Poor [[TallDarkAndHandsome Imaizumi]] is downright ''[[NoGuyWantsToBeChased horrified]]'' at all the female attention his races get.

!!'''Shoukichi Naruko'''
-->Played by: Creator/JunFukushima (anime), Yuuki Torigoe (stage play)

A first-year sprinter who transfers to Sohoku from Osaka.

* AffectionateNickname: Was called "Shou-chan" by his childhood friends and elementary school classmates.
* AnimalMotif: Tigers.
* BerserkButton: Disrespecting bicycles and their riders.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Naruko has three younger brothers and is very caring towards them, to the point of spoiling them, as he carries candy on him to give to his brothers.
** BigBrotherWorship: Receives this, as it is said in his character bio that his little brothers look up to him.
** [[DotingParent Doting Brother]]: His character bio has a section entitled "Brotherly Love," which says he carries candies on him to give to his brothers and takes good care of them.
* BigEater: Often has eating competitions with Aoyagi.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: His second year is just not going well for him; first he loses a race to Midousuji and has to give up being a Sprinter, then at the first day of Interhigh, after a valiant effort, he winds up losing due to [[HeightAngst the very thing he tried to overcome]] and he has suffered from BrokenTears quite a few times already. These defeats are wearing down on his confidence and could potentially effect him as Interhigh goes on.]]
* BrokenTears: [[spoiler: Gets this when Tadokoro pulls from the pack on the third day of Interhigh.]]
** [[spoiler: Gets this again when he loses a race against Midousuji and as per a bet, had to give up being a Sprinter.]]
** [[spoiler: Happens again on the first day of his second Interhigh. After a valiant effort, he places second and narrowly loses to Ashikiba primarily due to the large difference in size. Naruko keeps up a brave face for the spectators, interviewers, and competitors; making the reader believe he isn't really effected by it. As soon as he is alone, however, he lets go of the emotions he'd been holding back and cries.]]
%% * CallingYourAttacks
* CallingYourBathroomBreaks: To the point of it being a minor running gag.
* CharacterTic: Often licks his lips when particularly excited about the situation in a race.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Turns out Naruko makes this happen, as he has been dying his hair since he was very young as a way to stand out. Some people think that his red eyes may be caused by color contacts.
* CuteLittleFangs: Has one pronounced canine.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: During the third day of Interhigh during his first year, he pushes his body beyond its limits in an effort for Imaizumi, Makishima, and Onoda to catch up to Hakone, the exhaustion sets in and he even loses his vision and needs Onoda to tell him directions.]]
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Imaizumi loves mentioning that Naruko's fans are mainly guys ([[WordOfGod Watanabe explains this]] decision is because Naruko is popular amongst the male readers), and as shown in the third day of Interhigh, while catching Sohoku up to Hakogaku, both the girls ''and'' the guys were watching him in awe, almost as if they had fallen for him.
--> '''Male Spectator after Naruko high-fives him''': (stares at hand) "I'm gonna root for Sohoku."
* FieryRedhead: Possesses a vibrant head of red hair, which fits in with the whole HotBlooded, [[RedOniBlueOni red oni]] shtick he has going on.
--> '''Naruko''': A man has to be in red.
** According to WordOfGod, he's [[InvokedTrope dyed it]] from a young age in a bid to stand out more.
* HeightAngst: [[spoiler:Often lost races in the past due to his height.]]
* HotBlooded: ''Hands down'' the most passionate member of the freshmen trio.
* TheIdiotFromOsaka: Dear ''lord''. If you somehow missed this from [[HotBlooded his]] [[GenkiGuy whole]] [[FieryRedhead attitude]] and the obvious [[KansaiRegionalAccent accent]], his biking gear has [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS KANSAI]] scrawled across it in block caps.
--> [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya I am Naruko Shoukichi!]] I'm a man who loves [[SeriousBusiness bicycles]] and his [[TrueCompanions friends!!]]
* {{Irony}}: [[spoiler: At the first day of Interhigh, he expresses that he wants himself, Onoda, and Imaizumi to cross the finish line and win together on the final day. On the final day, Naruko burns himself out and has to be left behind, being the only one of the three not to cross the finish line.]]
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: In the current Interhigh, Naruko personally challenges Midousuji to a race to get revenge from an earlier encounter that resulted in Naruko losing and having to give up being a Sprinter. He plans on winning to regain his title as a Sprinter.]]
* JackOfAllStats: [[spoiler: During the Welcome Race, Imaizumi was initially confused on what cyclist type Naruko was, as he excelled at sprinting and was pretty good at climbing; he at first believed him to be an All-Rounder, but after discovering his climbing technique was only effective on light inclines and not steep ones, Imaizumi realized Naruko was only a Sprinter. However, during their Second Year, Imaizumi has a similar thought on Naruko being an excellent Sprinter and has the potential to be a good Climber and suggests to him he becomes an All-Rounder, to which Naruko refuses. Later, Naruko makes a bet with Imaizumi, that if he beats Midosuji in a race, he stays a Sprinter, but if he loses, he has to become an All-Rounder. Naruko winds up losing the bet and goes home to Osaka for awhile to ponder on the soon to come changes, deciding he'll stick to his word and give it a shot; swapping to All-Rounder.]]
%% * LargeHam
* ManlyTears: When he's frustrated that he lost to Imaizumi.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: The second oldest of five.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: [[spoiler:Learns to accept that his losses when he was younger has made him a better sprinter.]]
* TheNapoleon: He's the shortest member on the team, his official height is said to be 165cm, the same as Onoda and Aoyagi's, but he is actually slightly shorter than the two of them.
* TheNicknamer: Gives much of the cast a nickname. Namely: "Hotshot" for Imaizumi, "Quiet Senpai" for Aoyagi, "Captain Shades" for Kinjou, "Old man" for Tadokoro, "Perm {{Sempai| kohai}}" for Teshima, "Eyelashes" for Izumida, and so it goes. He also calls one of the other racers in the inter-high "Gorilla".
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Like Onoda, he hates having to leave his teammates behind and will often say they need to either go back or wait for them; especially during the first two days of Interhigh. [[spoiler: {{Irony}} kicks in during day three of Interhigh when he overexerts himself catching Onoda, Makishima, and Imaizumi up to Hakone and winds up collapsing from exhaustion, dropping out of the race, and as a result, is left behind.]]
* {{Nosebleed}}: [[spoiler: Gets one during a race against Midousuji back in his hometown where he goes all out, this is symbolic of his {{HotBlooded}} nature.]]
* OddFriendship: Loud, boisterous Naruko gets along with [[TheQuietOne Aoyagi]].
* OlderThanTheyLook: Enough to be mistaken for a kindergartner while in ''3rd grade''.
* RealMenCook: WordOfGod says he knows how to cook and often cooks for his brothers.
* RealMenHateSugar: Subverted in an omake. Naruko pretends to enjoy black coffee when hanging out with Onoda, but immediately asks the server that milk be added the second Onoda goes to he bathroom.
* SignatureLaugh: Has a distinctive "ka ka ka" laugh.
* TemporaryBlindness: [[spoiler: Is affected by this during the third day of Interhigh when he pushes himself too hard while drafting for Imaizumi, Makishima, and Onoda in an effort to catch up to Hakone. [[{{Determinator}} It doesn't stop him from catching them up.]]]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A towards Imaizumi, on the first day of Interhigh when he first proposes the idea that he, Imaizumi, and Onoda finish on the third day together, Imaizumi is surprised Naruko included him; Naruko's response was to say of course, turn away, and say he didn't want to see Imaizumi cry for leaving him out, while ''blushing''.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Naruko is shown to have a fear of flying in the movie, as shown by his nervous behavior while getting luggage checked and nearly having a panic attack on the plane; telling Sugimoto to not talk, or it'll make the plane crash.

!!'''Shingo Kinjou'''
-->Played by: Creator/HirokiYasumoto (anime), Naoya Gomoto (stage play)

A senior all-rounder for the team. He's the captain for Sohoku.
%% * TheAce
* AnimalMotif: Snake.
* BadassDriver: Has insane control over his bicycle.
* {{Bishonen}}: Considered this by girls at his school.
%% * TheCaptain
* CatchPhrase: "I never give up!"
* CoolShades: Nearly always uses dark, magenta-colored shades. He usually only takes them off when not racing or when [[GlassesPull extremely impressed]].
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: Doggedly sees his second-year inter-high race to the end, even after suffering a crash at the hands of Fukutomi on the first day and losing the lead he had so desperately worked to win.]]
** He's even one when he's sewing. After accidentally sewing his lapel and shirt together:
---> '''Kinjou''': [[CrowningMomentOfFunny I never give up!]]
* [[spoiler: GameBreakingInjury: His crash]] during his second year at Interhigh [[spoiler: forces him to drop out of his third-year race.]]
* HoldingYourShoulderMeansInjury: Averted. [[spoiler: After he crosses the finish line on the second day of his second-year Inter-high, he's constantly holding his ribs, where he's bleeding through his jersey.]]
* [[spoiler: ICanStillFight: Insists on racing the day after his crash with Fukutomi.]]
* [[spoiler: ItsAllMyFault: Kinjou blames himself for crashing for not being able to fulfill his expectations as TheAce]] on the second day of his second-year Interhigh, [[spoiler: despite it not being his fault. It's only after Fukutomi's apology that the team realizes what happened.]]
** He also does this again [[spoiler: when he's forced to drop out of his final Inter High due to a knee injury.]]
* JackOfAllStats: As an "all-rounder" for the team.
%% * ManlyTears
* ManipulativeBastard: A rare heroic example, Kinjou is surprisingly good at knowing exactly how to motivate his team to reach their full potential, such as egging on Imaizumi during a sprint and telling Naruko to make sure to act "flashy" [[spoiler: right before he dropped out.]] Notably, it's heavily hinted that he ''wanted'' Makishima to tell Onoda about his secretly altered bike during the TrainingCampFromHell in order for them to become closer.
%% * RatedMForManly
%% ** BadassBaritone
* RealMenWearPink: Enjoys sewing and embroidery.
* StageMagician: As a hobby.
** PickACard: Performs this trick for Onoda, Imaizumi and Naruko.
%% * StoicSpectacles
* TheStoic: Is notably very withdrawn and serious to the point of being intimidating at the beginning of the series, in contrast to the moody and creepy Makishima and loud and brash Tadokoro.

!!'''Yusuke Makishima'''
-->Played by: Creator/ShowtaroMorikubo (anime), Tomoki Hirose (stage play)

Senior climbing specialist, and mentor to Onoda.

* AffectionateNickname: Toudou calls him "Maki-chan".
* AnimalMotif: Spiders. Is sometimes associated with goats as well.
* BeautyMark: Two in fact.
* BerserkButton: Touching his stuff.
--> '''Makishima''': If you touch things without permission, I'll have you executed.
--> '''Tadokoro''': ''[rummages through fridge]'' Have anything to eat?
--> '''Makishima:''' EXECUTED!
* CharacterTic: Covering one half of his face with his hand, usually while smiling.
* CovertPervert: His interests apparently include reading ''gravure'' (which is essentially cheesecake).
* CreepyGood: He is initially depicted as creepy and intimidating but turns out to be one of the nicest characters in the series.
* DeadpanSnarker: You wouldn't suspect socially awkward Maki-chan of being capable of this but he gets some pretty deadpan comments in on Toudou occasionally.
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Grapes, according to WordOfGod.
* FirstNameBasis: Not with anyone constantly but when he gets fired up he calls Toudou by his first name and later does the same to Onoda.
* GenericCuteness: The mangaka said that he's supposed to be drawn as creepy and gross, but he's the most popular character in the series and the anime has a lot of fun making his hair as pretty as possible.
* HatesSmallTalk: He outright states that he's bad at it.
* HiddenDepths: WordOfGod states that he is surprisingly good at drawing.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: While Makishima isn't very easy to talk to, he is nice and does help out Onoda during their joint practice and during the [[TrainingFromHell training camp]] (despite being told by Kinjou not to do so).
* HideTheEvidence: Cuts out part of the clubhouse's drywall that he used to mark his secret practices after some upperclassmen find out about it.
* ImpossiblyTackyClothes: His casual wear. The first time you see him out of his school uniform, Makishima is wearing a ''green and yellow stripes shirt with only one blue sleeve''. Onoda thinks it's cool though.
* KubrickStare: When he sees that Onoda and Naruko have found the hole he made in the team clubhouse.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: With Toudou, to a hilarious degree.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Which is funny since WordOfGod says he's supposed to be drawn as creepy and gross. Makishima himself was apparently not aware of that.
* MrExposition: Answers a lot of Onoda's questions about cycling as a way of informing the reader/viewer about the sport.
* MulticoloredHair: It's green with red streaks.
** WordOfGod has outed it as being a very good dye job.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: For Onoda and Naruko initially. Now Onoda thinks he's the coolest person ever.
* NoSocialSkills: He's really bad with people and openly admits he's best at expressing himself with his bicycle.
* OddFriendship:
** He and Tadokoro seem to have a friendly bond despite being near polar opposites in both personality and appearance.
** Also has one with Toudou from Hakone, who is loud and ''very'' flashy, contrasting to Makishima's more withdrawn personality.
* PickACard: His hobby is playing card tricks.
* RapidHairGrowth: In flashbacks [[note]]which date less than a year[[/note]] his hair is almost shoulder length. By the time the series starts, it's [[RapunzelHair down to his back.]] And that's only when he slouches. WordOfGod stated that he has very good metabolism and his hair grows fast as a result of that.
* SayMyName: JINPACHI!
* StraightMan: Is the most likely to play this role in the third years, due to being more grounded and realistic than either Kinjou or Tadokoro, and also to the more comical Toudou whenever they meet.
* TeamMom: Tries to fulfill this role with the 1st and 2nd years, but isn't always the best at it. He fits this role especially with Onoda.
* TearsOfJoy: [[spoiler: When Sohoku manages to win in the last day of Interhigh, Makishima cries when going on the stage with the rest of the team]].
* {{Tsundere}}: He shows some signs of being a mild one towards Onoda in the beginning, what with waiting for him and then vehemently denying that he waited.
%% * TheUnSmile
* VerbalTic: Adds "-sho" to the end of his sentences.
* WeakButSkilled: Like Onoda, he isn't very strong on flats or sprints but is very skilled at climbing.
* WorthyOpponent: Though he won't outright admit it, he does consider Toudou as this.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green and Red Hair]]: WordOfGod states that it is dyed and that his natural hair color is brown.

!!'''Jin Tadokoro'''
-->Played by: Creator/KentaroIto (anime), Masashi Oyama (stage play)

Senior sprinter for Sohoku.

* AffectionateNickname: Makishima calls Tadokoro "Tadokorocchi".
* AnimalMotif: Bear.
* BattleCry: '''Ox-y-gen!'''
* BigBrotherMentor: Is this toward the second years Aoyagi and Teshima.
** He also seems to have a soft sport towards Onoda. He's the first of the team to see his potential, encouraging him to try and beat Imaizumi when he has to drop out of the first year race and giving him extra food during the training camp so he doesn't drop out. [[spoiler: In his flashback to when he attempts to resign from the club, it's revealed that these are things that happened to him during his first year, hinting that he sees himself in Onoda.]]
* BigEater: And HOW!
* TheBigGuy: Physically the biggest, most imposing and boisterous guy of the club. To add, he is a sprinter, which, despite not being a part without its need of wits, is essentially about being the fastest while raising the team's morale and making a show out of it.
%% * CallingYourAttacks
* DespairEventHorizon: Almost crosses it when [[spoiler: he realizes he's too sick to catch up to the rest of the pack. Cue Onoda staying back to help him catch up.]]
%% * FatAndProud
* HiddenDepths: He has a love of history, specifically Japanese history. He makes a reference to Oda Nobunaga when [[spoiler: signing a message on the Interhigh ribbon.]]
* HotBlooded: In a series full of hot blooded guys.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Tells [[spoiler: Fukutomi]] when he visits that the pile of wheels [[BlatantLies totally fell on their own. On top of him.]] Makishima calls him out on it.
* [[spoiler: IWillOnlySlowYouDown:]] At the end of the first day of his third-year Interhigh, [[spoiler: he tells Makishima to leave him behind during Interhighs if he can't keep up.]]
%% * LargeHam
* ManlyTears: Sheds them quite a lot.
** One particular example is on the second day of the inter-high when Onoda stays back and helps him catch up with the team. While he is thanking Onoda and telling him how grateful he is, he starts crying.
* [[spoiler:MiseryBuildsCharacter: Touji adopts this attitude with respect to Tadokoro. Though Tadokoro lost a lot of races]] as a freshman, [[spoiler: Touji knew that they would drive him and make him a better sprinter.]]
* NumberTwo: Kinjou's vice-captain, according to [[WordOfGod Pedal Sign trivia]].
* ObsessedWithFood: It doesn't help that his parents own a bakery.
* OddFriendship: With the other third years, who are both very different from him: Makishima is quite socially awkward and has a very different style of cycling overall, and Kinjou is much more reserved and taciturn. Despite that, the three of them are very much True companions.
* PapaBear: To the 2nd years. Doesn't help that he's frequently associated with bears.
* SignatureLaugh: Written as "ga ha ha."
* TeamDad: In contrast to the stoic Kinjou and the awkward Makishima, he fufills this role for the 1st and 2nd years.
* TearsOfJoy: [[spoiler: When he and Onoda catch up to the rest of the Sohoku team]] on the second day of Interhigh.
* [[spoiler: WeightWoe]]: As a freshman, [[spoiler:one of his reasons for handing in his resignation from cycling club was because he couldn't lose weight, meaning that he wouldn't be able to climb well. Even if he did he would lose power.]]

!!'''Terufumi Sugimoto'''
-->Played by: Creator/KoukiMiyata (anime)

Another first-year who joined the bicycle club with Onoda and co.

%% * BigBrotherMentor
* ADayInTheLimelight: From chapter 263 to 273.
* CharacterTic: The "experienced" DeclarativeFinger.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: He's able to match Kaburagi's skilled riding with willpower alone.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Towards [[spoiler: Imaizumi.]]
* ICallItVera: Calls his bicycle "Col-chan".
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Subverted. Does give his advice and opinions on cycling in a smug way, but his advice is all correct.
* [[spoiler: [[BigLittleBrother Little Big Brother]]]]: [[spoiler: Turns out Sugimoto has a brother who is a year younger than him and is massively taller than him and he joins the cycling club in the main trio's Second Year.]]
* SmallNameBigEgo: Loves pointing out how experienced he is.
* SmugSnake: Downplayed. While he likes to flaunt his "experience", he is rather nice.

!!'''Junta Teshima'''
-->Played by: Creator/DaisukeKishio (anime)

A second-year bicycle club member at Sohoku

* AffectionateNickname: Ashikiba calls him "Jun-chan" (a friendly, cutesy honorific).
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: He actually felt this way towards [[spoiler: Imaizumi, during middle school, enough to make him consider stop cycling]]. Meeting and teaming up with Aoyagi is what gets him out of it.
* BrainsAndBrawn: The brains in his partnership with Aoyagi, creating plans to push the other to victory.
* TheCaptain: [[spoiler: Becomes Sohoku's captain when Kinjou graduates.]]
* ChildhoodFriends: With Ashikiba.
%% * DeadpanSnarker
* FirstNameBasis: Both Aoyagi and Koga call him "Junta." He used to call Koga by his given name [[spoiler: and returns to the habit during their race.]] Aoyagi, on the other hand, is always "Aoyagi" [[spoiler: until the second Inter-High.]]
* GameBreakingInjury: [[spoiler: Strains his leg muscles during the 1000 kilometer race, forcing him to quit the race and any chance of going to the Inter-High.]]
* GratuitousEnglish: "It's tea time."
* GreenEyedMonster: Is envious of Imaizumi's talent and seemingly effortless victories, but gets better after the training camp and supports him as well as the rest of Sohoku's team.
** [[spoiler: He also felt this way towards Koga when the latter was chosen to be a regular in their first year.]]
* GuileHero: Especially noticeable during the training camp challenge and [[spoiler: the second Inter-High preliminaries]], when he easily confuses his enemies with smooth talking and some flashy gestures. He notes that a race is as much a mental battle as a physical one.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Despite a year of training with Tadokoro and Aoyagi, he isn't able to defeat first-years Naruko, Imaizumi or even Onoda (who, at this point, is still a beginner, albeit immensely talented).
** Averted in case of local races – with Teshima's help, Aoyagi wins five of six they've attended.
* TheHeart: As [[spoiler: captain]], he understands his team very well and can quickly manage any personal or motivational issues.
** Teshima's determined riding motivates Onoda enough to [[spoiler: snap him out of his depressive phase and win the Minegayama Hill Climb.]]
** [[spoiler: Despite him considering himself the weakest member of Souhoku's IH lineup, both Imaizumi and Onoda agree that without Teshima they wouldn't have been able to win the prefecturals.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Aoyagi.
* MulticoloredHair: In pictured colored by Watanabe, his hair is depicted with shades of black, blue and purple.
* RealMenWearPink: WordOfGod states that he's proficient with cooking, sewing and knitting
%%* StoneWall: Acts as a tank for Aoyagi, preventing other racers from getting past him so his partner can speed ahead.
* TheStrategist: Works with Aoyagi to defeat their opponents with tactics.
* TearsOfJoy: When, during Interhighs, [[spoiler: Tadokoro wins the first checkpoint.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Chocolate and tea.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Aoyagi and Tadokoro.

!!'''Hajime Aoyagi'''
-->Played by: Creator/YoshitsuguMatsuoka (anime)

A second-year bicycle club member at Sohoku. He doesn't talk much.

* AdaptationalDyeJob: Both hair and eyes, within both the manga and anime. In the his second year during the manga, he was depicted as having light brown hair, similar to the color in the anime, in his third year, he starts being drawn with blonde hair. Additionally, he has been draw with either blue and gold eyes, it varies often so his "official" eye color isn't stated, in the anime, his eyes are black.
* BigEater: In emulation of Tadokoro, he often gets in eating competitions with Naruko.
* {{Bishonen}}: Not so much in his second year, but his appearance changes a bit by his third year.
* BrainsAndBrawn: The brawn in his partnership with Teshima, as the slightly better cyclist.
* CallingYourAttacks: When he uses [[spoiler: Tadokoro's Human Bullet Train technique.]]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindows: Only sometimes in the manga where the artist decides to color his eyes gold after he starts being drawn with blonde hair.
* DeadpanSnarker: Turns out to be this after opening up more during the second year.
* FirstNameBasis: Calls both Teshima and Koga by their given names.
* GameBreakingInjury: [[spoiler: Strains his leg muscles during the 1000 kilometer race (at the exact same moment as Teshima), forcing him to quit the race and any chance of going to the Inter-High.]]
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Despite a year of training with Tadokoro and Teshima, he isn't able to defeat first-years Naruko, Imaizumi or even Onoda (who, at this point, is still a beginner, albeit immensely talented).
** Averted in case of local races – with Teshima's help, Aoyagi wins five of six they've attended.
** [[spoiler: Also averted later in the manga, where Aoyagi becomes an incredibly strong sprinter.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Absolutely ''adores'' Tadokoro, to the point of emulating him in his last year.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Teshima.
* InnerMonologue: Is prone to those, especially in the manga.
* [[spoiler: NumberTwo]]: [[spoiler: Teshima's, as he is named vice-captain in his third year.]]
* OddFriendship: With [[HotBlooded Naruko]].
* PeekABangs: Which covers his left eye (usually - it switches from panel to panel). [[spoiler: In his third year, he sometimes parts his bangs so he has a strand running down the middle and fringe framing either side of his face. It's mostly present on color illustrations.]]
* TheQuietOne: Rarely speaks.
%% * TheSilentBob
* TearsOfJoy: When, during Interhighs, [[spoiler: Tadokoro wins the first checkpoint.]]
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cabbage.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Teshima and Tadokoro.
* VisibleSilence: Very often. If a crowd shot with multiple speech bubbles features a "....." one, it will always be Aoyagi's. He also has a distinct "koku" onomatopeia for his silent nods.

!!'''Miki Kanzaki'''
-->Played by: Creator/AyakaSuwa (anime)

The club manager of Sohoku's bicycle club. She also works part-time in her family's cycling store (the same store that sponsors Sohoku's team). Childhood friend of Imaizumi and younger sister of Tooji.

* AwesomenessByAnalysis: A minor case but, like her older brother, Miki has a keen sense of observation. This comes into play in Year 2, where she notices [[spoiler: Imaizumi]] and later [[spoiler: Aoyagi's]] injuries before they tell anyone
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Didn't like when Naruko talked about her breasts and broke a broom over his head.
* CharacterTics: Has a habit of pressing her hands together in front of her when she talks.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Imaizumi. They initially weren't very big fans of one another.
* CloudCuckooLander: Aya claims she always "has her head in the clouds" unless the topic turns to bicycles.
%% * CuteSportsClubManager
* TheGadfly: Has a habit of teasing Imaizumi and Aya. She even teases Makishima after he finally starts cheering for Onoda during the first year race.
%% * GenkiGirl
* MotorMouth: Whenever she gets the chance to geek out about bikes.
* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]: In the early parts of the series.
** Has now somewhat regained this role during the Second Interhigh now that Aya (who has next to no knowledge of cycling) has joined the support team.
* NiceGirl: Her friendliness is a big part of why Onoda starts to rethink his "jocks are mean" philosophy.
* NonActionGirl: Despite loving bicycles and bikes so much, she has not been seen on a bicycle yet, so far.
* OddFriendship: Two.
** She's been friends with Imaziumi for years, despite their relationship having a shaky start. Miki's overly friendly nature and tendency to push Imaizumi's buttons visibly annoys him a little, but they're still fairly close.
** The grumpy and abrasive Aya frequently and loudly complains about Miki's "alien bike talk" whenever she gets on a roll, but she clearly cares about her a lot. In fact, if second year is anything to go by, Aya might be slowly becoming interested in cycling.
* {{Otaku}}: A self-proclaimed cycling otaku, she talks about bikes the same way Onoda talks about anime, down to the exact same sparkling eyes.
* PluckyGirl: Definitely hits the "spirited" checkbox. She's also brave in the fact that she is able to speak on a comfortable level with her (intimidating) senpai and coldly shuts down a rival cyclist on Day 3 of the Inter-High.
* SayItWithHearts: Sometimes when she's speaking to Aya about all the hard work they have to do, giving her a bit of a sarcastic air.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The girly girl to her tomboyish friend Aya.

!!'''Touji Kanzaki'''
-->Played by: Creator/JunichiSuwabe (anime)

Miki's elder brother, who used to be the captain of the club. Now runs the local bike shop and helps out the team on the side (usually by driving everyone around in the shop's van).

* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Seems to share this trait with Miki, he's able to figure out who the club "vandal" is by the distinct slant of their writing.
* BigBrotherMentor: To Kinjou, Tadokoro and Makishima.
* TheCaptain: When he was a senior at Sohoku.
* OralFixation: Pretz or a toothpick. WordOfGod states that it's dried squid.
%% * PassingTheTorch

!!'''Mr. Pierre'''
-->Played by: Creator/KenyuHoriuchi (anime)

The coach for the Sohoku bicycle team and an English teacher at Sohoku High.

%% * CoolOldGuy
* CoolTeacher: When the members of his team are in his class for a make-up lesson, he lets them go outside and practice riding instead.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Though he often opens them in intense situations.
* FunnyForeigner: While watching Naruko and Imaizumi race:
--> '''Mr. Pierre''': ''[collapses]'' I just got so excited that I forgot to breathe!
* GratuitousEnglish: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], as he is a foreigner.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In the beginning. He falls over during the race so that Naruko and Imaizumi would check on him and he would be able to talk to them.
* PerpetualSmiler: Nearly always seen with a smile on his face.

!!'''Issa Kaburagi'''

A first year that joins the team after Interhigh in the following school year.

* AnimalMotif: Like Naruko, he's pretty closely associated with the tiger.
* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Cycling Guy]]: Is quite confident in his cycling abilities. Later subverted: he is still over-confident and bratty sometimes, but at the same time it's quite easy to gain his respect. He's not above thanking and admiring [[spoiler: Sugimoto of all people]] after defeating him.
* BrattyHalfPint: Imaizumi and Naruko both find him arrogant and as a result, find him annoying because of it. Also, Aoyagi finds it taxing to deal with Kaburagi's arrogance, stupidity and bizarre train of thoughts and is also irritated that at a certain point starting on the second day, Kaburagi stops using [[JapaneseHonorifics''san'']] when saying Aoyagi's name.
* ButtMonkey: Imaizumi and Naruko find a way of bonding through making fun of Kaburagi.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Danchiku.
* FearlessFool: [[spoiler: During the first day of second Inter-High every other rider (even [[TheStoic Aoyagi]]) gets intimidated by Doubashi's BattleAura. Kaburagi meanwhile just casually rides up and starts throwing insults at him.]]
* GeniusDitz: He believes in soda spirits and is amazed by basic math. Good thing he can cycle well.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Again, with Danchiku.
* JackOfAllStats: Claims to be an All-Rounder, everyone else says he's a Sprinter, and is shown to be more suited to being a Sprinter.
* SempaiKohai: The kohai to Onoda's sempai, he has also shown more respect and general adoration to Onoda in comparison to Imaizumi and Naruko.
* TooDumbToLive: As mentioned above, it's a good thing for the team that Kaburagi can cycle well, because other than strong instincts for cycling, he's so intensely dumb that his IQ may well be of a single digit.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: [[BlandNameProduct Orange Beena]].
* UndyingLoyalty: To Danchiku.

!!'''Ryuuhou Danchiku'''

Another first year that joins the team following Interhigh.

%% * BigOlEyebrows
* ChildhoodFriends: With Kaburagi.
* FirstNameBasis: Calls Kaburagi by his given name, Issa.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Kaburagi.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: To Kaburagi, who during the training camp goes into a HeroicBSOD while being forbidden from riding closer than 10 meters to Danchiku.
* MulticoloredHair: Most of his hair is black, with the exception of his bangs, which are blue.
* SatelliteCharacter: Evident in this very entry. His existence revolves around being Kaburagi's [[{{Foil}} foil]] and [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder minder]].
* TheStoic: Is generally serious showing little emotion.
** NotSoStoic: Gets very nervous before big events.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Kaburagi.

!!'''Sadatoki Sugimoto'''

Another first year who joins the team following Interhigh and is Sugimoto's younger brother.

* {{Adorkable}}: Gives Onoda a run for his money, he once said "Thanks for the food," when entering the club room.
* AlliterativeName
* BigLittleBrother: Utterly towers over his older brother, and the rest of the team for that matter, he even makes the above average Imaizumi look short.
%% * GentleGiant: And how!
* TheKnightsWhoSaySquee: Is a [[IncrediblyLamePun huge fan]] of Onoda.
* RunningGag: Saying phrases that don't match the situation, see {{Adorkable}} above.
* SiblingYinYang: Is immensely sweet, not that his brother isn't, but he's a lot less sharp-tongued.

!!'''Kimitaka Koga'''

A club member from Teshima and Aoyagi's year. Acts as a mechanic for the team.

* FirstNameBasis: With Teshima.
* GameBreakingInjury: Due to a crash during the previous year's Inter-High (caused by another injury from training camp) he's unable to ride for almost two years.
* HeroWorshipper: He absolutely idolizes Kinjou.
* RememberTheNewGuy: He's seen for the first time in chapter 15, but gets proper introduction in volume 33 (266 chapters later). The manga then treats him as if he's always been there. It remains to be seen how the anime (which cut out all of his appearances leaving just a brief mention of his name) deals with the problem.

!!'''Aya Tachibana'''

Miki's friend and a member of Sohoku's tennis club. [[spoiler: Tags along and helps the support team during Onoda's second Interhigh.]]

* GrumpyBear: Almost always has an unimpressed and sullen look on her face and rather unfriendly to Onoda in the first part of the series. She seems to have relaxed some by her second year.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Or failed hero, perhaps. Her own team loses their Interhigh qualifiers in second year [[spoiler: hence why she tags along with Sohoku's cycling team to theirs.]]
* OddFriendship: Loudly voices her dislike of otaku and disinterest in cycling, is close friends with the "cycling otaku" Miki.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: A downplayed example, but forms this with Miki.
--> ''Miki:'' A woman's touch is vital in the resupply point~!
--> ''Aya:'' I'm not sure I'll be good with that...
* {{Tsundere}}: A more platonic example ([[{{Shiptease}} or not?]]) with Onoda, once she learns about his feats in the cycling team, she tries to be friendlier towards him (with somewhat awkward results).
** Another platonic example (once more, [[{{RomanticTwoGirlFriendship}} or not?)]] with Miki. Despite frequently criticizing Miki's tendency to become scarily excited when the topic of bikes comes up, the two are clearly good friends, and Aya worries about her good nature being taken advantage of by boys.
* TheWatson: Occasionally plays this role with Miki, [[spoiler: especially during the Second Inter-High, being the only member of the support team with no experience in road racing.]]


A former teammate of Teshima's from middle school, now is a member of Sohoku's volleyball team.

* ChildhoodFriends: With Teshima [[spoiler: and Ashikiba.]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Or failed hero, perhaps. His own team loses their Inter-High Qualifiers. He causally mentions (with a somewhat solemn air) that his this means his high school volleyball career is essentially over, before hastily changing the subject back to Teshima.
* NiceGuy: Friendly and supportive of Teshima, even coming all the way to cheer him on during his Interhigh.


[[folder:Hakone Academy]]
!!'''The Hakone Team'''
* AllThereInTheManual: Just like with Sohoku, interviews with the mangaka has generated a lot of trivia about them. View a collection [[http://great-blaster.tumblr.com/post/86880452600/yowapeda-spoilers-spoilers-if-you-only-follow here.]]
* DreamTeam: Fukutomi describes Hakone as "a team of aces".
* FiveManBand: Year One Interhigh, they are an interesting case where some of the roles swap around.
** TheLeader: Fukutomi
** TheLancer: Arakita in Day One, Shinkai in Day Two
** TheBigGuy: Shinkai and Izumida both, but mostly Shinkai; Izumida in Day One, Shinkai in Day Two
** TheSmartGuy: Toudou and Shinkai in general, mostly Toudou
** TheChick: Toudou in Day One, Arakita in Day Three
** SixthRanger: Manami
* Year Two Interhigh
** TheLeader: Izumida as he's TheCaptain, however, Ashikiba is this as TheAce
** TheLancer: Kuroda as he's Izumida's NumberTwo, however, Izumida serves as the lancer for Day One
** TheBigGuy: Doubashi
** TheSmartGuy: Manami
** TheChick: Ashikiba in terms of personality, performance-wise, he's TheLeader and Kuroda is TheChick in Day One
** SixthRanger: Yuuto
* FriendlyEnemy: With Sohoku.
* WorthyOpponent: So far the second team to be given screen time and are shown to take sportsmanship seriously, and they seem to consider Sohoku the same.

!!'''Juichi Fukutomi'''
-->Played by: Creator/TomoakiMaeno (anime), Eiji Takigawa (stage play)

The captain of Hakone's bike club.

* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Biker]]: He has a fixation on being the best.
* TheAtoner: [[spoiler: Wants to defeat Kinjou honorably after injuring him during their second-year Inter-High.]]
** [[spoiler: Successfully atones when he and Kinjou complete the second day of Inter-High fairly during their third year.]]
* BigOlEyebrows: His eyebrows are rather thick.
%% * TheCaptain
* CatchPhrase: "I am strong." (''Ore wa tsuyoi.'')
** He says this so often in inappropriate situations that it's a RunningGag in the anime.
* DefeatMeansRespect: [[spoiler: He learns to respect Kinjou as a strong cyclist after Kinjou passes him in their second-year Interhigh and continued to compete even after his extensive injuries.]]
* [[spoiler:EasilyForgiven: By Kinjou.]]
%% * GeniusBruiser
* GiverOfLameNames: He named his and Arakita's bikes (Giant and Bianchi) "Gian" and "Bian". And there is, of course, [[ADogNamedDog Turtle]].
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Strives to be a successful cyclist just like his father and older brother.
%% * ManlyTears
* [[spoiler:MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Deeply regretted injuring Kinjou during their second year Inter-High race]]
* [[spoiler:MyGreatestFailure: Wants to make up for injuring Kinjou in their second-year Inter-High by competing with him fairly again during their last competition together.]]
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: Says this outright to Kinjou during his second interhigh, all while complaining that there are no [[WorthyOpponent Worthy Opponents]] to [[TemptingFate challenge him]].
* PerpetualFrowner: Is almost always scowling.
* [[spoiler:PrideBeforeAFall: In Fukutomi and Kinjou's backstory, Fukutomi is only given about a half an episode to gloat about his training and heritage before he [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone causes both him and Kinjou to crash]].]]
* PrivilegedRival: Comes from a background of successful cyclists, and has had much more instruction and training compared to Kinjou.
%% * RatedMForManly
%% ** BadassBaritone
* SweetTooth: Well, if he likes apple pie then he must like sweet food.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Apples, apple pie.
* [[ADogNamedDog A Turtle Named Turtle]]: The trivia states that he has a turtle named Turtle.

!!'''Hayato Shinkai'''
-->Played by: Creator/SatoshiHino (anime), Shuuto Miyazaki (stage play)

A third-year sprinter for Hakogaku.

* BigEater: Trivia mentions he eats as much as ''Tadokoro''.
* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler:Can't pass riders on the left after running over a rabbit during a race. See MyGreatestFailure.]]
** [[spoiler:RemovedAchillesHeel: Gets over his fear of passing when he decides he needs to let go of his past to help the team win.]]
* FingerGun: His trademark pose.
* FirstNameBasis: Calls all the other third years by their given names.
* MulticoloredHair: Manga-only. He highlights his hair with blue streaks.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:His reaction to running over a rabbit during a race and coming back to realize he also orphaned her child.]]
* MyGreatestFailure: [[spoiler:Ran over a rabbit during the race while her child looked on.]]
* NumberTwo: To Fukutomi, as his long time friend and the one who knows and understands him best.
* OverlyLongTongue: When in his "[[LetsGetDangerous demon]]" mode.
* RedOnesGoFaster: More so in the manga. Shinkai is one of the fastest sprinters in the series, and according to trivia, the author is careful to add red to everything when coloring him, including his skin.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Powerbars.

!!'''Jinpachi Toudou'''
-->Played by: Creator/TetsuyaKakihara (anime), Ryou Kitamura (stage play)

Third-year of Hakone's bicycle club. He's also a climber.

* BishieSparkle: Whenever he's posing or just being charming, these will follow.
* {{Bishonen}}: And he loves to remind people of that.
--> '''Toudou:''' Yes, I am Toudou! Hakone Academy’s beautiful third-year climber... Toudou!
* ChickMagnet: He has a fanclub, and it's been stated that none of his fans are male. Trivia also says he gains a lot of chocolate on Valentine's Day, all from girls who want to date him.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: His hair and eyes are dark purple.
* GiftedlyBad: He believes himself to be a great singer. According to [[WordOfGod Watanabe-sensei]], it's not really the case. [[http://cherryfetish.tumblr.com/post/110063144766/you-can-download-this-ver-all-the-others-here Here's Toudou's rendition of the Love Hime theme.]]
* GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: His signature pose.
* HairDecorations: Wears a hairband. Makishima uses this as his moniker before they become friends and calls it lame.
* IconicItem: His hairband. According to [[WordOfGod the mangaka]], he owns over 100 of them and always carries at least five with him.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: With Makishima, to a hilarious degree.
* NiceGuy: He may be bratty and annoying, but he does care a lot about his teammates and kouhai. He even comforts Manami and helps him [[spoiler: snap out of his guilt after the first Inter-High.]]
** After losing to Makishima for the first time he is frustrated for a whole ten seconds before he jumps right into teaching Makishima how to smile. It doesn't work but he tries and that with a person he a) doesn't know and b) just lost to. He's nicer than he'd admit.
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: In a flashback, he refused to accept [[spoiler: Makishima being forced to quit due to flat tires]] as a win on his part.
* NumberTwo: To Fukutomi, though not like Shinkai. Toudou is the vice captain of the team and the most likely to take charge if Fukutomi isn't around.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: When Makishima is forced to stay with his team [[spoiler: because Onoda fell and landed in last place]] he shows nothing of his usually boisterious personality. His teammates think he's not be feeling well, saying they've never seen him like this before, and his fangirls are shocked when he completely ignores them. Of course, [[spoiler: when Makishima does catch up he's downright glowing.]]
* RealMenCook: Cooks best among the Hakone third-years and is even good at food arrangements, thanks to being taught by his older sister.
* RedBaron: Multiple nicknames are associated with Toudou. "God of the Mountains" corresponds to his career as a mountain climber. "Sleeping Climber" refers directly to his silent style of cycling; Toudou prefers it as "Sleeping Beauty", though according to Makishima most people actually call him "Forest Ninja".
* TheRival: To Makishima.
* SignatureLaugh: "Wahaha!"
* SpeedEchoes: When pulling off his Sleeping Climb.
* StalkerWithoutACrush: Poor Makishima can't catch a break from him. The anime takes it UpToEleven in its stinger extras, where it's shown that Makishima receives several phone calls from Toudou a day. [[HoYay Though the without is debatable]].
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Purple Hair]]

!!'''Yasutomo Arakita'''
-->Played by: Creator/HiroyukiYoshino (anime), Hiroki Suzuki (stage play)

A third year all-round cyclist.

%% * AnimalBattleAura
* AnimalMotif: Wolf.
* BigEater: Is the second biggest eater on the team after Shinkai.
* BrutalHonesty: Doesn't mince words complaining about how Shinkai [[spoiler:lost a race to Midousuji during the Interhigh]]. It actually helps Shinkai getting over it. Trivia also mentions that Arakita is a character who "says what's wanting to be said".
* [[DrivesLikeCrazy Bikes Like Crazy]]: When he's fired up.
* [[spoiler: CareerEndingInjury: He was a promising baseball pitcher until he hurt his elbow.]]
** [[spoiler: ICouldaBeenAContender]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: A whole chapter in the manga and a couple of episodes in the second season of the anime are devoted to his backstory. One episode is even named after him.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler: Used to style his hair into a pompaudor typical of [[JapaneseDelinquents delinquents]]. He cuts it shortly after his run-in with Fukutomi, symbolizing his definitive advance towards the cycling world, and him moving on from the past]].
* [[spoiler: FriendlessBackground: In the beginning of high school, he had no friends, underlings, or anyone to count on other than his Vespa.]]
* GenericCuteness: A meta example. WordOfGod is that Arakita is meant to be drawn ugly. Fangirls probably wouldn't agree to that.
* HiddenHeartOfGold: For all his rudeness, Arakita definitely has a soft side, even if he doesn't show it. In a special comic, he tries to give Pocari water bottles to his teammates as a gift for being in their care, but finds that too embarrassing. Trivia also states he'd be the first to text Toudou "Happy Birthday", because that's how he is.
* IronicName: "Yasutomo" means "peaceful friend."
* [[spoiler: JapaneseDelinquent]]: When he was younger.
* KindheartedCatLover: In his backstory we see Arakita trying to get along with a cat (though it basically ignores him), and in the present we see he still interacts with the same cat and even feeds it. In a drama CD as well, when a stray cat is brought to the Hakone cycling club, Arakita [[HiddenDepths shows a surprising knowledge of how to deal with it]]. WordOfGod also confirms that despite being in a family of dog people and currently owning a dog himself, Arakita is most definitely a cat person.
* MouthScreen: Gets quite a few shots of his mouth.
* TheNicknamer: Adds the suffix ''-chan'' onto the names of characters he acknowledges, such as Fukutomi, Manami and [[spoiler:Onoda]]. Also coins the nickname "Wonder Boy" for Manami, and used to call Fukutomi "[[TheStoic Stone Face]]".
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: Only likes competing when he has someone to challenge, otherwise [[VictoryIsBoring he won't try]].
* SirSwearsALot: Speaks more rudely than anyone else on his team.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Bepsi.
* {{Tsundere}}: Extremely abrasive towards everyone on the team and won't shy from calling them out when needed, but also cares deeply about each of his teammates.
* YouRemindMeOfX: He never says it out loud, but one of the reasons he helped [[spoiler:Onoda]] to break away from the pack is because he reminded him of Fukutomi.

!!'''Touichirou Izumida'''
-->Played by: Creator/AtsushiAbe (anime), Takuya Kawaharada (stage play)

A second-year sprinter for Hakogaku.

%% * AmbiguouslyBrown
* BattleCry: '''ABS'''!
* TheCaptain: [[spoiler:Becomes captain of Hakogaku after Fukutomi graduates.]]
* ChildhoodFriends: With Kuroda.
* CloudCuckooLander: The guy talks to his pecs as though they were real people.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Is depicted as comic relief at the end of the first stage play where he gets jealous of Shinkai "having taught" Onoda about his "Bang" pose; getting upset that Shinkai didn't teach him. It results in him screaming "Shinkai-san" several times before running off stage after him; his reaction causes both Naruko and ''Kinjou'' to say he's dangerous.
* FormerlyFat: Was rather heavy in one of his earliest flashbacks.
* [[spoiler: HardWorkHardlyWorks: Wasn't able to defeat either Tadokoro or Naruko.]]
** [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], in that Tadokoro explains to him that his loss was due to lack of experience in racing, rather then anything to do with his abilities. Being able to move the fastest doesn't help you if you blink.]]
* HeroWorshipper: Towards Shinkai, [[UpToEleven it's even more noticeable in the stage plays.]]
* ManlyTears: [[Creator/StudioGhibli Ghibli style]].
* MeetMyGoodFriendsLeftyAndRighty: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]]. Named his pecs Andy and Frank, but he talks to them and have their [[SplitPersonality own personalities]].
** His hobbies include naming his own muscles.
** In a scene from 3DS game, he tries to think up names for his teammates' pectorals.
%% * MrFanservice: And HOW!
%% * PecFlex
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Frank and Andy, respectively.
* ShirtlessScene: Tons. Bikes in races with his jersey open as well as works out constantly while shirtless.
* TalkingToPlants: He names them.
* TalkingToThemself: His pecs do have their own personalities and they do communicate with Izumida, but not verbally. However, Izumida does talk back to them.
* WorkoutFanservice: Poster boy for it.

!!'''Sangaku Manami'''
-->Played by: Creator/TsubasaYonaga (anime), Keisuke Ueda (stage play)

First-year member of Hakone's bike club and a friendly rival to Onoda.

* AffectionateNickname: Arakita calls him "Wonder Boy". Given that it's Arakita, the "affectionate" part is kind of doubtful, but it does seems to be half sarcasm, half sincerity.
* {{Bishonen}}: To the point that Toudou fears that he may steal some of his fangirls.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Miyahara.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Always late, falls asleep right before a super important competition (when he's already on the top of his bike!) and is almost scarily easygoing.
* CreepyChild: When he was younger.
--> '''Manami''': I wonder what it feels like to be stabbed.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Blue hair and eyes.
* DayInTheLimelight: Episode 20. It's even named after him.
* {{Expy}}: Oddly good-natured, despite being on the rival sports team, bishounen of the highest degree, and has an oddly intimate relationship with the cowardly protagonist as well as an association with angels. [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Kaworu Nagisa]], is that you?
* IdiotHair: It's included in his height as well.
* IllBoy: As a child, he spent most of his time sickly and bedridden.
* InHarmonyWithNature: Uses the wind to his advantage in races.
* InnocentBlueEyes: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that he's not that innocent (at least not to Onoda's extent), but PlayedStraight in that it alludes to his apparent naivety and cements his [[HeavenlyBlue angelic motifs]].
* MeaningfulName: His first name literally means "mountain".
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: At one point, in the middle of the race, [[ItMakesSenseInContext he grabs Onoda by the waist and starts talking to him really closely]]. Onoda is understandably quite startled at first.
* ObliviousToLove: Doesn't realize that his ChildhoodFriend has had a crush on him for quite some time. It's gotten to the point where she fears that he might be in love with [[CargoShipping his bicycle]].
* PerpetualSmiler: He's usually giving a peaceful or excited smile. If he isn't, chances are [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness something's not quite right]].
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Manami may not look like it, but he's obsessed with reaching the goal first so that it remains "untainted." [[spoiler:He hates Onoda for beating him on the third day of the inter-high and throws away the bottle he gave back to him.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality: He's nice to Onoda during his first few meetings with him, but he's a completely different animal during a race.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: With added yellow highlights in the manga. The anime tries to stick to more natural colors for other characters (excluding Makishima, Naruko and Fukutomi, whose hair is stated to be dyed/bleached), which makes blue-haired Manami stand out like a sore thumb.

!!'''Yukinari Kuroda'''
-->Played by: Creator/KenjiNojima (anime)

Izumida's friend and one of Hakone's climbers.

* AdaptationDyeJob: A weird case. In the first anime season, his hair is light brown, but later the colored pages in the manga revealed it's supposed to be white. Grande Road corrects this and paints his hair white (even in flashbacks using footage from the first season). But in 3DS game published ''after'' those anime changes, it's inexplicably back to brown.
* AffectionateNickname: Gets called "Yuki" by Izumida and "Yuki-chan" by Ashikiba.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: With Ashikiba as ''boke''.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Izumida.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Acts like this towards Ashikiba sometimes.
* FirstNameBasis: Calls Izumida by his given name, Touichirou.
* NumberTwo: To Izumida, in his third year.

!!'''Takuto Ashikiba'''

Hakone's extremely tall and awkward climber and [[spoiler: TheAce for the second Inter-High.]]

%% * TheAce
* AffectionateNickname: "Shikiba," courtesy of Teshima.
* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: With Kuroda as ''tsukkomi''.
* ChildhoodFriends: With Teshima.
* GeniusDitz: He's a spectacular climber and very talented piano player, but his way of thinking is a bit... unique. It surely takes a special kind of mind to mistake [[TallDarkAndHandsome Imaizumi]] for [[FieryRedhead Naruko]].
%% * GentleGiant
* OddFriendship: According to WordOfGod, he has good relationship with loud, violent Doubashi, due to their similar situations with abnormally huge bodies.
%% * SarcasmBlind

!!'''Masakiyo Doubashi'''

Hakone's loud, boisterous sprinter.
* AffectionateNickname: Ashikiba calls him "Basshi."
%% * AnimalBattleAura
* AnimalMotif: Bull/bison. Although in Kaburagi's opinion, he's more like a pig.
* HairTriggerTemper: Has a history of punching upperclassmen who tried to provoke him. Was even forced to quit the club ''several times'' because of that.
* OddFriendship: According to WordOfGod he's friends with gentle, emotional Ashikiba, due to their similar situations with abnormally huge bodies.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Onoda is shocked to learn Doubashi is his age.
* RapidHairGrowth: In the span of a ''single race''.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]

-->Played by: Creator/ChinaKitahara (anime)

Manami's next door neighbor and childhood friend.

* CharacterTic: Fiddling with her twintails.
* ChildhoodFriends: She's known Manami since they were very young.
* ClassRepresentative: And takes her job very seriously.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Since they were young. She's actually the one who introduced him to cycling in an attempt to help his poor health, and later helped tutor him so he could get into the prestigious Hakone Academy. She's also constantly trying to get him to do his schoolwork and stop skipping on sleeping through class, to little success.
* CrushBlush: Makes her feelings obvious enough that even Onoda's mom is able to pick them up.
* FirstNameBasis: As they've known each other since they were very young, Miyahara actually refers to Manami by his given name, making the fact he only ever calls her by her title somewhat odd.
* GirlishPigtails: Plays with them when she's nervous.
* NoNameGiven: Manami only ever refers to her as "iinchou" (confusing some English speaking fans who didn't know that's the word for ClassRepresentative). Readers didn't even learn her surname until a flashback. According to WordOfGod, her name may be revealed during the second Inter-High.
* {{Tsundere}}: Despite all her scolding, she clearly cares deeply for Manami.

[[folder:Kyoto Fushimi]]
!!'''The Fushimi Team'''
* OpposingSportsTeam

!!'''Akira Midousuji'''
-->Played by: Creator/KojiYusa (anime), Mitsu Murata (stage play)

A first year and ace of Kyoto Fushimi's bike club. He is also Imaizumi's rival.

%% * AbnormalLimbRotationRange
* TheAce: As a first year.
* AmbiguousDisorder: More apparent after witnessing him as a child in his flashbacks. In the present day he could usually pass as just a weird jerk, but as a kid he was withdrawn, didn't seem to like talking and when he did he seemed to have difficulty articulating his meaning, prone to delayed physical reactions, and didn't like making eye contact. He also, to this day, thinks of emotions in very abstract terms, relating them to colors (happiness or contentment he describes as "yellow", for instance.)
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Considers this an acceptable strategy during a race, using significant research on the other racers against them.
* BadBoss: Isn't afraid to abuse his own team, with the excuse that he's TheAce.
* BreakThemByTalking: Uses this often to try to beat the competition.
* CharacterTic: A number of them. His weird hand and body movements when he chants "gross", his clacking his teeth, sliding his tongue out of his mouth, pulling down on the skin of his face to reveal the underside of his eyeball, and occasionally tilting his head to the side as he talks.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Midousuji [[DiscussedTrope discusses]] this trope in a InternalMonologue when [[spoiler: he's bullied for not being good in anything aside from cycling]]. He decides that it's weirder to excel at everything (academics, popularity and athletics), rather than to just be incredibly competent in one thing.
* CripplingTheCompetition: In the backstory, he lied to Imaizumi during a race, saying the race personnel were looking for him because his mother had been hit by a car.
* [[spoiler: FreudianExcuse: The reason Midousuji is so nasty while riding is that as a child he was ridiculed for wanting to be an athlete due to his poor physical ability, but was encouraged to pursue cycling by his sickly mother, who died before she could make it to one of his races. This drives Midousuji to keep moving forward and become the best at any cost.]]
** [[spoiler: Also "explains" why he tricked Imaizumi into losing a past race by saying that Imaizumi's mother had just been hit by a car.]]
* InsistentTerminology: If you’re on his team, you ''better'' add ''-kun'' to the end of his name.
** Alternatively, some fansubs will have him demanding to have "Ace" added before his name.
* ItsAllAboutMe: He's really only in it for himself. [[spoiler:Until we find out that he took up cycling because he wasn't good at anything else, and also because of his mother.]]
* LeanAndMean: He is very lanky and mean-spirited as they come.
* LonersAreFreaks: Midousuji was constantly bullied at school at a young age and made fun of because he wanted to be a sports star, yet wasn't good at sports.
* [[spoiler:MissingMom: Midousuji's own mother is dead. Part of why he took up cycling was to make her proud and he rode 20 km. to the hospital every day to visit her.]]
* NightmareFace: See his mugshot.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: His face wouldn't be out of place on a [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Titan]], and the way he moves makes it look like he doesn't have any bones.
* OverlyLongTongue: Add it to the list of reasons why this guy is creepy.
* PerpetualSmiler: Downplayed. Interestingly, he's probably not ''always'' smiling; he just keeps his teeth showing for so long that the effect is the same.
* [[spoiler: PowerCopying: Copies Manami's ability to use the wind for help]] during the 3rd day mountain race.
* [[spoiler: PowerLimiter: His taped fingers preventing him from using his outer gear during the second day of Interhigh. Also has bands on his legs.]]
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Says this outright during his duel with [[spoiler: Shinkai]].
* ShadowArchetype: Is easily this to Onoda. [[spoiler: As revealed in his flashback, like Onoda, he was never any good at athletics growing up with the sole exception of bicycling, which he had already gotten strong at for personal reasons and which he started pursuing as a serious sport with an outside nudge and plenty of determination. While Onoda has a family who doesn't seem to quite "get" it, has many supportive friends, and puts his all into cycling because it's something fun he can do with and "for" them, Midousuji had absolutely no friends, was encouraged to road race by his mother, and gets way less enjoyment from cycling itself than he does from succeeding, which he insists on doing by himself, "for" himself now that his mom's dead. Comes full circle when Onoda tells him that the difference in their reasons for smiling when they ride is that Onoda just enjoys riding with his team and Midousuji uses that to snap himself out of his post-Day 2 funk.]]
%% * SlasherSmile
* SmallNameBigEgo: For all his bluster, he's a first year. Doesn't stop him from barging onto the stage where the previous year's champions were gathered and declaring himself the best racer there. And to be fair, he has the power to back up his trash talking but is still unable to defeat the aces, at least as far as we've seen.
* TheStrategist: Makes detailed plans on how to crush everyone at Interhigh, researching everyone to know their weaknesses and how (and when) to exploit them. He also studies the entire race course extensively and matches his strategies to specific areas.
* [[spoiler: TenMinuteRetirement]]
* {{Troll}}: In spades. Once he gets going, he does not shut up.
* UnsportsmanlikeGloating
* VerbalTic: Kimoi[[note]]"Gross" in english[[/note]]
* [[spoiler: VillainousBreakdown: Suffers a major breakdown during the second day when both Sohoku catch up as well as Fukutomi choosing Shinkai as his assistant, both things he didn't plan for.]]
** [[spoiler: Has his ultimate breakdown at the end of the second day, when he hits his limit and both Fukutomi and Kinjou pass him while they're only a few meters in front of the goal.]]

!!'''Kyoutarou Ishigaki'''
-->Played by: Creator/HirofumiNojima (anime), Toshiyuki Someya (stage play)

The previous ace for Kyoto Fushimi before Midousuji entered the club.

* AffectionateNickname: His teammates of the same year call him Ishiyan.
* TheCaptain: Though any real authority belongs to Midousuji.
* MoralityPet: Seems to become this to Midousuji at some point during the last day of Interhigh. Ishigaki also begins to address him without honorifics, which is a big deal given Midousuji's InsistentTerminology.
* NiceGuy: He really is just... nice to everyone, for all that he's dragged along in his team's wake. He even seems to genuinely like and care about ''Midousuji'' of all people.
* TokenGoodTeammate: So far, the only Kyoto Fushimi member we've seen to be respectful/sportsmanlike.

!!'''Tomoya Ihara'''
-->Played by: Yukitoshi Kikuchi (anime)

A third-year sprinter for Kyoto Fushimi.

* TheLoad: [[spoiler: Midousuji dubs him and the other Kyoto Fushimi sprinter this, as he breaks away with the rest of the team on a slope during the second day of Interhigh.]]

!!'''Nobuyuki Mizuta'''
-->Played by: Creator/ChihiroSuzuki (anime), Kento Masui (stage play)

A second-year at Kyoto Fushimi.

* TheCaptain: After Ishigaki retires from the club.
* YesMan: He's this to whoever is in charge, to the point of imitating them. When Ishigaki was the captain, Mizuta tried to be just like him, including copying his hair style, but now that Midousuji is in charge, Mizuta acts like the most eager and obedient member of the team towards him and tries to imitate Midousuji with his attitude and SlasherSmile, which Arakita calls him out on in the manga.

[[folder: Hiroshima Kureminami Technical School]]
!!'''Eikichi Machimiya'''
-->Played by: Creator/TomokazuSeki (anime)

Third year ace sprinter for Hiroshima.

* AffectionateNickname: Ibitani calls him "Miya."
%% * AnimalBattleAura
* AnimalMotif: A fighting dog.
* DeliberateInjuryGambit: Machimiya's aggressive climbing style involves him repeatedly hitting his chest against his handlebars.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Machimiya is so insanely determined to get revenge on Hakogaku because [[spoiler:Fukutomi refused to give Machimiya a ''water bottle'' during the last Interhigh]].
** Though it ''did'' cost Machimiya that day's race, with his own unluckiness also playing a part, so it might be [[JustifiedTrope justified]], to an extent.
* {{Foil}}: Is one to [[spoiler: Arakita]], which is even lampshaded by the latter himself. [[spoiler: Like a young Arakita, Machimiya feels trapped and angered by his unsuccessful past, but while he's still stuck in his own failure, Arakita was able to move forward. Even their AnimalMotifs are similar, both being dog-like.]]
* [[spoiler: HoistByHisOwnPetard: He made a bet with members form Sohoku and Hakogaku that whichever group overtakes the other by 20 meters will be allowed to catch up with the aces, and the other group will have to let them go. [[CaptainObvious He ends up losing that bet.]] ]]
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Uses this as a form of intimidation against his opponents on the 3rd day. He's incredibly grabby.
* ThePowerOfHate: [[spoiler: Machimiya is hugely fueled by the desire for revenge.]]
* UnluckilyLucky: Machimiya claims to be BornUnlucky, which has some basis: he didn’t manage to get on the podium in the second day of the previous Interhigh just because he didn’t have a water bottle. However, his bad luck also seems to work on his favor, by [[TheJinx becoming others’ misfortune]]: he did manage to place third at that same Interhigh thanks to other competitors having a flat tire, misjudging the course and such.

!!'''Ryou Ibitani'''
-->Played by: Creator/YoshiyukiShimozuma (anime)

Third year sprinter for Hiroshima.

%% * CheshireCatGrin
* SayMyName: "Miyaaaa!"
* YesMan: To Machimiya.